CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004
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(Studio: John Roberts) The second day of public hearings by the commission investigating the September 11 attacks, which began with an apology from former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke, noted. [CLARKE – says your government failed you.]
(Washington: Jim Stewart) Clarke’s dramatic testimony reviewed; details given about Clarke’s counterterrorism credentials. [9/11 Commission members Timothy ROEMER, James THOMPSON- question Clarke.] [CLARKE – says President Bush’s administration considered terrorism important but not urgent; relates his efforts to tell the administration that the goal should be to eliminate Al Qaeda; explains why he resigned.]
(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.
(White House: Bill Plante) The White House response to Clarke’s charges featured; details given about the release of a transcript of a 2000 phone call in which Clarke defended the administration’s stand on terrorism. [White House chief of staff Andrew CARD, White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – denounce Clarke’s accusations.] [CLARKE – explains why he formerly defended the administration.] [9/11 widow Kristen BREITWEISER- expresses disappointment that National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will not testify publicly.]